urs fischer: wax, beds and problem paintings
dec 02, 2012
urs fischer: wax, beds and problem paintings



urs fischer: wax, beds and problem paintings
untitled, 2011 by urs fischer
paraffin wax mixture, pigment, steel, wicks
52 3/8 x 32 1/8 x 52 in. / 133.1 x 81.4 x 132 cm
image © stefan altenburger

 

 

 

swiss artist urs fischer harnesses the qualities of materials on the brink of falling apart or in the process of decay to conceive sculptures in a bewildering variety of outcomes, each one exploring the concept of evolution, change and transience. fischer uses unstable substances such as melting wax, rotting vegetables and debris to continuously realize contemporary sculptural solutions – a past project featuring a house made from bread succinctly encompassing this practice. fischer has extended this modus operandi into his latest pieces, infusing a mordant sense of humor with explorations into space, scale and the genres of classical art history – still lifes, portraits, nudes, landscapes, and interiors. the surrealist works range from a series of beds that appear to buckle under the pressure of an injected force as well as ‘problem paintings’ – a series of vintage publicity headshots, colored and enlarged to a monumental scale, then obstructed by silkscreened images depicting a  bolt or a banana to present a clash of representational systems. the series of wax sculptures, changing through the ramification of time and heat, touch on the concept of impermanence through a distinctive physical poetry – a theme that is signature to fischer’s work.


(L) untitled, 2011
paraffin wax mixture, pigment, steel, wicks
28 1/2 x 49 1/2 x 53 7/8 in.
72.4 x 125.8 x 136.8 cm
(R)untitled, 2011
paraffin wax mixture, pigment, steel, wicks
52 3/8 x 32 1/8 x 52 in.
133.1 x 81.4 x 132 cm
images © fulvio orsenigo


(L)’untitled’, 2011
52 3/8 x 32 1/8 x 52 in.
133.1 x 81.4 x 132 cm
(R)’untitled’, 2011
28 1/2 x 49 1/2 x 53 7/8 in.

72.4 x 125.8 x 136.8 cm
46 3/8 x 45 3/8 x 30 7/8 in. 117.7 x 115.1 x 78.5 cm 7
images © stefan altenburger


‘kratz’, 2011
cast aluminum, concrete, aluminum, epoxy, fiberglass, wire mesh, epoxy primer, polyester filler, one-component acrylic putty, urethane primer, polyester paint, acrylic polyurethane matte clearcoat
75 3/4 x 88 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches (192.4 x 224.8 x 64.8 cm)
ed. of 3
image © mats nordman


‘beds’ and ‘problem paintings’
installation view
image © mats nordman


‘beds’ and ‘problem paintings’
installation view
image © mats nordman


‘beds’ and ‘problem paintings’
installation view
image © mats nordman


‘problem paintings’, 2012
milled aluminum panel, acrylic primer, gesso, acrylic ink, spray enamel, acrylic silkscreen medium, and acrylic paint
142 x 106 inches (360.7 x 269.2 cm)

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